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With the iPhone 5 unleashed on Friday, AppleInsider offers a closer look at both the black and white models now available.

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The compact packaging is in line with previous iPhone models, with a top cover that slips off to reveal the iPhone 5 resting atop. Underneath are a manual, USB wall adapter, Lightning cable, and Apple's new EarPods headphones.

The most noticeable change to the iPhone 5 is the device's weight. Once it's picked up, the iPhone 5 is considerably lighter than the design of its predecessors, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.

The larger screen is also noticeable once the device is picked up and powered on, as if you're used to using your iPhone with one hand, your finger will have to stretch a little farther to reach the lock screen on the iPhone 5.

For a closer look at both the black and white iPhone 5 models, and a comparison to the iPhone 4, see the pictures included below.

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post #2 of 32
Given the annodization on the black iPhone is ... well, black; it would appear that scratches and scrapes on the black iPhone would more readily show up, compared to the silver finish on the White iPhone.

With this pretty basic bit of knowledge, I think I need to go with the White iPhone, so it looks "new" longer.
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So far... So Good with my iPhone5 64gb, though (admittedly) it's hardly as exciting as when I bought my iPhone 4 a couple of years ago given that it's essentially the same mobile experience in a slightly different package.

 

Let's just hope that Apple gets that whole iOS Maps situation straightened out sooner than later, and offer a few more iOS improvements next time around.

 

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post #4 of 32

Looks like AI still doesn't own a professional camera or lighting equipment.

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Given the annodization on the black iPhone is ... well, black; it would appear that scratches and scrapes on the black iPhone would more readily show up, compared to the silver finish on the White iPhone.

With this pretty basic bit of knowledge, I think I need to go with the White iPhone, so it looks "new" longer.

That is the conclusion I came to as well, but who knows what kind of treatment the material has. If something like that could occur to you and me, I'm sure Jony has given it some consideration as well.

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post #6 of 32

Ah, that felt good. Been a long time since we've had a classic unboxing.

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post #7 of 32
Invest in a camera for crying out loud...
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

So far... So Good with my iPhone5 64gb, though (admittedly) it's hardly as exciting as when I bought my iPhone 4 a couple of years ago given that it's essentially the same mobile experience in a slightly different package.

 

 

Exactly why I continue with my 2+ year old 4. 90% of my use is wifi (and 4g doesn't hit my city until December anyway). For what I think is the first time in my tech-obsessed life, I don't feel the "want" to buy this. Unless it breaks, I'll wait and see what 2013 brings.

 

To those that upgrade, enjoy and post your experiences.

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Invest in a camera for crying out loud...

Nah the camera in the 4S is good enough  ;)  Wait... then how was the picture with the 3 phones taken? 

post #10 of 32
The white and black ones looks extra-different this time around. That's a great thing!
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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post #11 of 32

Hey wait a second. Is the dock cord gray? Wow stop the presses.

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post #12 of 32

Nice comparison. Glad to see that they've increased the screen size without increasing the size of the phone significantly.

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Originally Posted by roxtar40 View Post

 

Exactly why I continue with my 2+ year old 4. 90% of my use is wifi (and 4g doesn't hit my city until December anyway). For what I think is the first time in my tech-obsessed life, I don't feel the "want" to buy this. Unless it breaks, I'll wait and see what 2013 brings.

 

To those that upgrade, enjoy and post your experiences.

 

My experience thus far is:

 

01) Very nicely built device, though I can see why some are noting the fragility of the coating on the black version (NOTE: I already covered it in Carbon Fiber) :-)

 

http://imageshack.us/a/img854/5964/p1000614a.jpg

 

02) Faster (though not drastically so) than my iPhone 4S, and it'll be nice to see what developers do with the additional SoC/GPU-power.

 

03) Still rather surprised that the 'Lightning' connector is USB 2.0 instead of 3.0, and have already discovered that the adaptor doesn't interface properly with all my vehicles.

 

http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4814/siphone5.jpg

 

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Originally Posted by roxtar40 View Post

 

Exactly why I continue with my 2+ year old 4. 90% of my use is wifi (and 4g doesn't hit my city until December anyway). For what I think is the first time in my tech-obsessed life, I don't feel the "want" to buy this. Unless it breaks, I'll wait and see what 2013 brings.

 

To those that upgrade, enjoy and post your experiences.

Going to go out on a limb and say 2013 will bring us...iPhone 5S. We'll probably get a 12MP iSight Camera, and A6x processor, expanded Siri functionality, and a bit better battery. Oh and iOS 7, whatever that'll bring.

 

We'll have to hold out till 2014 before we can be "wowed" again upgrading from our iPhone 4. I'm right with you on not being over-anxious to upgrade and sign a new contract for a phone that is .5 inches taller, a bit lighter and a bit thinner. The cases on our iPhones wont let you see any of that anyways.

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Seeing the 4S in the photos, the photos look like they were taken by the 4 or a 3GS lol.gif
 

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My experience thus far is:

01) Very nicely built device, though I can see why some are noting the fragility of the coating on the black version (NOTE: I already covered it in Carbon Fiber) :-)

http://imageshack.us/a/img854/5964/p1000614a.jpg

02) Faster (though not drastically so) than my iPhone 4S, and it'll be nice to see what developers do with the additional SoC/GPU-power.

03) Still rather surprised that the 'Lightning' connector is USB 2.0 instead of 3.0, and have already discovered that the adaptor doesn't interface properly with all my vehicles.

http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4814/siphone5.jpg

That carbon fiber looks nice...

I'm gonna need a link to that.
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post #17 of 32

People, it's a friggin box. Wipe the drool off your chin. 

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For those who believe the 18% additional pixels on the iPhone 5 aren't significant, consider that from 10-25% (sometimes more) of the iPhone 4/4S display is often consumed by controls and possibly ads. With its taller screen, controls and ads remain the same size on the iPhone 5, and the additional pixels go entirely toward allowing more content to be displayed--often 25%+ or more additional content compared to the iPhone 4/4S.

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Why does no one ever show the comparison of the back of the phones? Lol. That's an important part of the design. I've seen the back of each of them, but never side-by-side.
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After having dealt with AT&T's 3G network for the past 3 years, I'm blown away by what I'm getting with the iPhone5 and 4G LTE! Three times faster than my DSL. 

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[SpeedTest image]

 

I've never understood where SpeedTest gets off forcing people to download their app to run it. Frigging make your website HTML5… 

 

Anyway, it's really good to see AT&T coming through for the few people they serve.

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After having dealt with AT&T's 3G network for the past 3 years, I'm blown away by what I'm getting with the iPhone5 and 4G LTE! Three times faster than my DSL. 

Any truth to those stories about people running speed tests over LTE on The New iPad eating all their monthly data plan in a few minutes?
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I've never understood where SpeedTest gets off forcing people to download their app to run it. Frigging make your website HTML5… 

 

See the reason their online version is in Flash is because HTML 5 cannot do what it needs to do. A regular browser does not reliably report back the instant that a file is downloaded and the server has no way to determine when an upload was initiated. The server log reports 200 but there are all kinds of issues which I won't go in to. With Flash you are running the application on the client side so you know exactly to the millisecond when the server connected and when the download/upload completed. It just cannot be done with HTML 5 because of sandboxing of Javascript. At least I do not know how to. The only other method would be Java or a native app.

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For those who believe the 18% additional pixels on the iPhone 5 aren't significant, consider that from 10-25% (sometimes more) of the iPhone 4/4S display is often consumed by controls and possibly ads. With its taller screen, controls and ads remain the same size on the iPhone 5, and the additional pixels go entirely toward allowing more content to be displayed--often 25%+ or more additional content compared to the iPhone 4/4S.

 

Or more ads. Just sayin

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Or more ads. Just sayin

possible but not likely, at least with iAds.

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Originally Posted by estolinski View Post

 

After having dealt with AT&T's 3G network for the past 3 years, I'm blown away by what I'm getting with the iPhone5 and 4G LTE! Three times faster than my DSL. 

What's the ping time with your DSL?

post #27 of 32

Mine was just delivered. OMG! What a beauty. So thin and so light. Makes my old iPhone-4 look kind of ugly.

One problem though, using my usual one-handed grip I have a hard time reaching the top corners for the "back" and "next" buttons during the setup process :(

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Originally Posted by roxtar40 View Post

 

Exactly why I continue with my 2+ year old 4. 90% of my use is wifi (and 4g doesn't hit my city until December anyway). For what I think is the first time in my tech-obsessed life, I don't feel the "want" to buy this. Unless it breaks, I'll wait and see what 2013 brings.

 

To those that upgrade, enjoy and post your experiences.

 

I can understand this . Applemaniac myself, I have bought the iPhone 5, and my two kids have a 4 and a 4s. Although I am sure Apple will issue new appealing models in the future, I think we have reached maturity, and renewal will not be really justified (data transmission speed may increase, but the level reached is already enough, the processor calculation power may increase, but I do not see a need for this). May be the only interesting evolution will be storage capacity (128, 256 GB, more ....).

 

But I am sure the magic of Apple will again materialize for other product lines ....

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What's the ping time with your DSL?

During non-peak usage times 40-42, during peak usage times 80-85. 

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(NOTE: I already covered it in Carbon Fiber) :-)
http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4814/siphone5.jpg

 

you made it look almost like the Samsung G2 harddisk
 

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Originally Posted by roxtar40 View Post

 

Exactly why I continue with my 2+ year old 4. 90% of my use is wifi (and 4g doesn't hit my city until December anyway). For what I think is the first time in my tech-obsessed life, I don't feel the "want" to buy this. Unless it breaks, I'll wait and see what 2013 brings.

 

To those that upgrade, enjoy and post your experiences.

 

Coming from a 3GS (long contracts here in Canada), the iPhone 5 definitely comes close to the original iPhone experience for me.  _Everything_ is a delight: the beautiful screen, the look and feel, the processor speed, the camera (love the panorama photos).  And the new earphones deliver a much fuller sound than the old ones.  Much closer to high-end earphones in my experience, and no ear fatigue.

 

No complaints so far other than the painful activation experience I've had.

 
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Originally Posted by estolinski View Post

 

After having dealt with AT&T's 3G network for the past 3 years, I'm blown away by what I'm getting with the iPhone5 and 4G LTE! Three times faster than my DSL. 

Two dixie-cups and string is faster than any DSL.  But nice to see you are getting nice performance with LTE.

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